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Embedding Library & Open Resources

How to search for Articles Using Resource Search

From the Library's homepage (library.fitchburgstate.edu), click on the Articles tab then enter your search terms in the Resource Search box. (Ex. preventing bullying).

Note: Beneath the search box, a limit option for Peer Reviewed Materials and Publication Date can be applied here as you start searching or later from within the results list..

Screen shot of the Articles search tab on the library's home page.

From the results page, refine your search results using the limits in the left-hand column. In the example below, clicked on Peer Reviewed Materials and Last 12 Months limits to apply them. Also added an additional search term in the search box, using AND to tell the database to keep the items relating to both terms.

Screen shot of results list in resource search.

 

 

Embedding Articles from EBSCOhost, Proquest & JSTOR Databases

Embedding Articles via Linking

Many of the library's article databases provide a permanent/stable link to enable easy linking directly to the article. The library has several database vendors from whom we subscribe to multiple databases across many different disciplines. Many of our database come from these three vendors: EBSCOhost, Proquest and JSTOR..

Step 1 is finding the permanent/stable link.

EBSCOhost databases: Accessing the permanent/stable link for an article

The library has a wide range of databases across many different disciplines through the EBSCOhost platform. They all have a very similar look and feel to each other even though they contain different content.

1). From the database results page, click on the article's full text link to open the article. EBSCOhost calls the permanent link Permalink. It is available from the right-hand tool menu.

2). Click on the permanent link icon on the tool bar (it looks like an infinity symbol and is usually near the bottom of the toolbar).

3). The Permalink box will appear above the article. Copy the Permalink URL. The Permalink includes the Library proxy prefix so it can be accessed by individuals off-campus with their Falcon Key credentials.

Screen shot showing the permanent link for an EBSCOhost article.

Proquest databases: Accessing the permanent/stable link for an article

The library has a wide range of databases across many different disciplines through the Proquest platform. They all have a very similar look and feel to each other even though they contain different content.

1). From the database results page, click on the article's full text link to open the article. The Proquest calls the permanent link Document URL. It is available by clicking on the Abstract/Details tab and scrolling down the table towards the bottom of the content.

Screen shot of full text article in a Proquest database.

2). In the row for Document URL, copy the URL displayed there. The Document URL includes the Library proxy prefix so it can be accessed by individuals off-campus with their Falcon Key credentials.

Screen shot of the Document URL permanent link for an article.

JSTOR databases: Accessing the permanent/stable link for an article

From the results list in JSTOR, click on the article title to access it's landing page. The stable URL for the article is located in the middle of the left-hand column. Copy this URL and remember to add the Proxy prefix of http://ezproxy.fitchburgstate.edu:2048/login?url= to the front of it.

Screen shot of an article's stable URL in JSTOR.

 

Need help with a different database? Ask a librarian.

Adding the Article Link into Blackboard

1). Go into your Blackboard course, select or create the Content Area where you want to embed the article. Click on the Build Content drop-down then click on Web Link under the Create column. 

Screen shot of blackboard's Web Link option under the Build Content section.

2). Add in the required information. Copy/type in the article title into the Name Box and paste in the perma link/stable link from the database into the URL box.

Note: Make sure the URL includes the library's Proxy prefix. Some databases include the Proxy prefix in the link they provide. For other databases, you need to add the Proxy prefix to the front of the URL the database provides.

  • The Library's proxy prefiix is http://ezproxy.fitchburgstate.edu:2048/login?url=
  • An example of a stable URL for an item in JSTOR is https://www.jstor.org/stable/2929597. Once you add the proxy prefix the stable URL would be http://ezproxy.fitchburgstate.edu:2048/login?url=https://www.jstor.org/stable/2929597

Screen shot of the create page for a Web Link content item in Blackboard.

3). Scroll down to enter additional optional information, if any, you want to add. Optional fields you can include are:

  • Description - add a description of the article or instructions
  • Web Link Options - indicate whether you want the link to open in a new window
  • Standard Options :
    • Permit Users to View this Context - make sure this says Yes or they won't be able to see the Web Link item.
    • Indicate if you want to track the number of views.
    • Specify date and time restrictions. Use the Display After fields to add a specific start date and time; when that date/time arrives, Blackboard will actively display the item to students to see and access. Use the Display Until to add a specific end date and time; when that date/time arrives, Blackboard will hide the item so students can no longer see or access it. 

4). After adding the required and any optional fields, click the Submit button to save the Web Link.

5). You should now see the article Web Link item displayed. Click on the link to make sure it connects correctly. Tips:

  • Check the link from off campus to make sure it connects through the library's proxy server directly to the article. If it doesn't work:
    • check the link you put in the URL field to make sure it has the Proxy prefix.
    • make sure you used the database provided Perma link/stable link.
  • Use Blackboard's Student View option to make sure the student sees the item content you want them to see. If you used the Display After date restriction, you will want to remove the restriction so you can see the item displayed and then add the date restriction back on and use the Student View to make sure it currently has the article hidden.

In this example, the student will see the article title. When they click on the item, off campus students will be prompted to login with their Falcon Key then go directly to the article. On campus students will connect directly to the article. 

Screen shot of the active article Web Link content item in Blackboard.